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Financial Thanksgiving

This post by Jill Schlesinger originally appeared on CBS'

In preparation for the eat-a-thon that is Thanksgiving, I do like to give thanks for the big stuff - health, loving mate, wonderful family, great country with wonderful troops who give so much to all of us and an amazing city that despite the high taxes, is still worth it.

Additionally, since I write and talk about money, here's my list of financial thanks for 2009:

I'm thankful that:
• The financial system did not fall into the abyss and we are not in year #2 of a 10-year Depression
• The housing market is stabilizing, sort of...
• The stock market is up (maybe a little too much, but up is better than down, any day of the week!)
• Beaten-down consumers may have learned a valuable lesson about living within their means

I'm still a little grouchy that:
• The job situation stinks (but getting less bad)
• Bankers can't seem to find the humility to be thankful to the US taxpayer (boo-hiss!)
• Congress is unlikely to enact meaningful regulatory reform


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Jill Schlesinger is the Editor-at-Large for CBS Prior to the launch of MoneyWatch, she was the Chief Investment Officer for an independent investment advisory firm. In her infancy, she was an options trader on the Commodities Exchange of New York.